Overwhelm: The Survival Guide

Feeling overwhelmed with work and personal tasks is one of the biggest problems that the people I work with are facing. It turns out, our lives can be pretty overwhelming. There’s so much to do, never enough time to do

Take Rest in Supported Pigeon Pose

Supported Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana) is a wonderful way to gently release the hips, sacrum, and lower back. Further, it helps to release constriction in the piriformis and psoas muscles. Gentle pressure on the belly relieves tension in the abdomen and

Yoga and the Psoas Muscle: Balanced Release

A muscle deep inside of you impacts how you move through and experience each day: the psoas. If you’re a dedicated yogi, you might have heard an instructor discuss yoga and psoas muscle, why it’s important in your Warrior II

How to Be Enough

In 1980, I was thirty-seven years old, divorced, a single parent with a full-time job in broadcasting and twenty-one credits toward a master's degree in communications. Picture that with the caption: “Middle class, African-American woman/feminist, tries to do it all

Fascia and the Vagus Nerve: Healing from the Inside Out

Have you ever had a morning in which you woke up with a painful knot in your neck? What happened? Did you sleep in a funny position or was it the wild dream that had you tossing and turning? Maybe

Three Ways to Practice Forward Bends with a Chair

It is common to feel stuck or frustrated in your forward folds regardless of how many years you’ve practiced yoga. But noticing an ingrained pattern may be an invitation to try something new. This is where folding chairs come into

7 Yoga Poses for Beginners

Many people would like to start yoga but they have no idea where to start. Yoga can feel like an intimidating field to navigate when you’re first starting out. It’s vast and overwhelming and there are so many different styles

Space Element: Vibrating Life

Star Trek fans (myself included) consider space to be the final frontier. But is it? According to yoga philosophy, the space element is a manifestation of a mysterious substance called ether. Science defines space as a boundless substance in which

Opening to Emotions: RAIN Practice

Whatever you feel is real, but our perception is not always true. As the emotions swirl with accompanying thoughts and sensations, how many of us have jumped into the vortex and identified with the narrative, the blame, the hurt only

Mudita: Cultivate Empathetic Joy

A number of years ago, I was listening to “The Diane Rehm Show” on NPR while driving to work. Diane’s guest was a woman who had recently published a book on happiness. When Diane asked about simple everyday ways for

Chronic Pain? Try Isometric Contraction

In the past few years, more research has gone into the study of isometric muscle contraction and its relationship to pain relief. If that sentence made you say, “Huh?” Let´s back up and review. 3 Types of Muscle Contractions Muscle

Chronic Pain: Retrain Your Brain

I recently read The Brain’s Way of Healing by Dr. Norman Doidge and learned about a fascinating way to retrain how chronic pain is processed in the brain. The approach, developed by pain specialist Dr. Michael Moskowitz, is used with people who